Bill Henderson

RHA_S500i_1

Leave it to RHA (Reid Heath Ltd) Audio to continually surprise us with new products. After years of going upmarket with model after model at dizzying speed, RHA has dialed back a bit by releasing an extremely affordable earphone, the S500i. The 500i aluminum shell is ultra compact in size partly because of its micro [...]

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Encore_Rockmaster_6

Sonic Unity may be new, but its founders are two veterans with a lot of experience in Audio. Rick Hopkins has a background in concert design, consumer and pro audio. He’s worked concert events for Bryan Adams, Rush, Van Halen, Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones. Ian Lim co-founded NuForce, a high-end audio brand that helped popularize [...]

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RHA_T20_1

Reid Heath Acoustics (RHA) is a an audio company with a problem. They can’t seem to let a new earphone be their signature product for more than a few months before they come up with one that tops that. Don’t these guys ever rest? Apparently not, because their excellent T10 earphone released less than a [...]

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RockJAW_Alfa_Genus_6

Another day, another review of earphones with tunable filters. What was once a rare occurrence isn't uncommon anymore. RHA, Torque and others have jumped on the filter express and it doesn't show any sign of slowing down. British audio company Rock Jaw has now made the filter leap with its Alfa Genus earphone. The Alfa Genus [...]

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Focal_Sphear_3

French company Focal makes some stunning, but outrageously expensive speakers, but they also make way less expensive headphones that not only sound great, but are well built and extremely comfortable. Now Focal has focused on the in-ear market with the new Sphear. Sphear was designed to have Focal’s “Spirit of Sound” signature that’s incorporated into [...]

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Logi_Blok_3

Anyone familiar with Logitech and their products may not know that Logitech is now called Logi. The newer, design-savvy Logi has released their first product: The Blok series of iPad cases. These cases are—well, blockier with straight edges and squared corners. The 90° corners provide more absorbing protection from drops than a rounded corner will. [...]

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Celsus_Gramo One_11

I can almost guarantee you have never heard of Celsus Sound or its CEO, Jason Lim. Mr. Lim is the person behind NuForce, whose excellent—and affordable—earphones and digital audio converters have been reviewed by The Gadgeteer over the past few years. Last year, NuForce merged with Optoma freeing up Lim to start Celsus, which is [...]

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B_W_P5_Wireless_2

Some say that true genius is making something difficult look easy. Bowers &Wilkins' repeatedly prove that point. They may not be the first high-end speaker company out of the gate with products such as bluetooth speakers (T7) or headphones (P3,P5,P7), but when they decide to tackle something, people notice. Case in point: the new B&W [...]

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Phiaton_Chor_MS530_5

Last year, I reviewed the Phiaton Bridge MS 500 headphones and found them to be stylish (if you like red), well-made, comfortable, and sound quite good for the price. At a slightly higher price, Phiaton offers a wireless Bluetooth headphone with active noise canceling. The Chord MS 530 is more comfortable, lighter and yet still [...]

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Torque_t096z_t402v_1

When a company has a successful product launch and needs funding for follow-up products, more and more of them are turning to funding sites like Kickstarter. Kickstarter has been responsible for many successful product launches; the most famous probably being Neil Young’s PONO music player. In 2013, I reviewed the Torque t103z in-ear-headphones and was [...]

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Phiaton_MS100BA_12

As earphones become ubiquitous in our daily lives for music on the go, it becomes more important than ever to consider sound quality. Are we getting the best sound for our money? Probably not. Is there better audio available than what we get from our stock ear buds that came free with our smartphones? You [...]

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Pendulumic_Stance_S1_3

With all the headphones I review, there’s only been one or two that were wireless. While I appreciate the convenience of Bluetooth, it’s not something I look forward to regarding headphones. Headphones are capable of revealing too much information in music and all the minuses of Bluetooth seem to be magnified when they are wireless. [...]

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Axel_Soundscape_1

There are many factors that go into why one headphone is chosen over another: sound quality, comfort, looks or fashion—whatever. There are as many reasons as headphones to choose from. Recently, one company has designed a headphone that can be customized to a particular sound preference. Axel Audio has developed a system of taking a [...]

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RHA_T10i_2

Every time I write about Reid Heath Acoustic’s (RHA) in-ear headphones, it’s always about their “next big thing.” Each model seems to trump the previous one in interesting ways. Nice to see that nothing’s changed with RHA. Their new flagship earphone, the T10i (the i denotes a mic) certainly trumps everything before it. But this [...]

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Aiaiai_TMA2_2

Have you ever looked at a headphone website and thought, “I like the looks of this headphone, but the ear pads of this one are more comfortable and yet this one sounds better. If I could just mix and match…” Well, now you can—sort of. Aiaiai is known for their minimalist styling with choices of [...]

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Frends_2

Everyone knows what headphones are and that they are usually not the most fashionable things  you can wear. As headphones become an everyday accessory for many, the company Frends decided to cater to the female half of society with headphones that pay as much attention to fashion as they do to audio. Frends has a [...]

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Auris_zwing_2

Up until now, any Bluetooth or Airplay speakers were dependent on the device that was doing the streaming, whether it be a laptop, smartphone or desktop computer. It’s no big deal that the new, portable auris zwing portable speaker/boombox does that, but it will also do it independently of any device—as in all by itself. [...]

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Thinksound_Rain2_2

“If the rain comes comes, they run and hide their heads.” When I think of thinksound’s new Rain2 earphones, I always think of the iconic Beatles’ song, “Rain”. I don’t know why, except that the Rain2 earphones serve as a counterpoint to the song—in my head, at least. It means that while the song, “Rain,” [...]

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Soen_Transmit_XS_2

Apple doesn’t sell just any Bluetooth speaker in their online store, so Soen scored a coup of sorts with their new Transit XS portable—and mountable—Bluetooth speaker. The Transit XS is the smaller cousin to the original Transit. Besides its size, the XS model is different in a few ways from the bigger Transit. The XS [...]

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TIDAL logo

When reviewing headphones, earphones and speakers, there is always one constant throughout: A music source. Whether it’s vinyl, CD, iTunes, music burned in Apple Lossless, FLAC, Spotify/Pandora or even FM radio, the music has to come from somewhere. Then there’s the music player: iPhone/Android smartphone, various iPods, digital audio players, computer, home stereo. As you [...]

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